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The best things to do in
Singapore

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Singapore is a melting pot of people from all over the world. Situated fewer than 100 miles north of the equator, Singapore is a city-state with one large island and 63 smaller islands. Amazingly, Singapore went from being a developing nation into a developed country within three decades. It is an amazing feat that many countries have been unable to do after longer timespans.

The Southeast Asian country is renowned for being incredibly modern. Skyscrapers kiss the wild blue yonder while major financial institutions and international corporations make their homes in Singapore.

Often called “a playground for the rich”, Singapore offers travelers to Asia something unique. It isn’t the backpacker haven Thailand and Vietnam are for travelers. It is a land of luxury hotels, five-star restaurants, and one of Formula One’s high profile Grand Prix races of the year. Over 13 million people visited Singapore in 2023. While that number hasn’t matched pre-pandemic numbers, it’s likely to grow closer in the current year as more people rediscover the ‘Land of the Merlion’. Here are some of the best things to do in Singapore:

Some of the best things to do in Singapore

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort on the namesake Marina Bay. It has a one-of-a-kind design and is likely recognizable to travelers who have never been there. Opened in 2010, the resort is one of Singapore's most famous luxurious attractions. The resort contains a mall, museum, two large theaters, restaurants owned by notable celebrity chefs, two floating Crystal Pavilions, art-science exhibits, and the world's largest atrium casino. It is an all-in-one destination and most of the buildings and structures here have beautiful, eye-catching contemporary designs aimed at attracting and keeping the attention of visitors.

Marina Bay has many of the best things to do in Singapore, so if you haven’t decided on a place to stay during your trip, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel should be close to the top of your list.

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

Bay South is the largest of the three gardens and has two creative conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. The 3-acre Flower Dome was at one time the largest greenhouse in the world and has a total of eight different gardens. The Cloud Forest, which is a little smaller, has an elaborate artificial 'mountain' called Cloud Mountain which features a waterfall.

Lovers of green spaces will adore these incredible gardens which have an army of professionals tending to the plants and structures daily.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer

The Singapore Flyer used to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world before it got dethroned by the High Roller in Las Vegas which has since lost the throne to Ain Dubai. Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules has a capacity of 28 people. A ride on the Singapore Flyer takes 30 minutes.

Clarke Quay

Clarke Quay

Situated on the riverside, Clarke Quay is a vibrant area packed with bars and restaurants. It is a beautiful part of the city at night when it is aglow courtesy of its drinking and dining establishments. Clarke Quay is also home to trendy fashion stores and other top of the line shops. The waterside provides a gorgeous background for a day or evening out. It is a favorite spot for tourists and shouldn’t be missed while exploring Singapore.

Raffles Hotel

Raffles Hotel

Even if you choose not to stay at the Raffles Hotel, you can still enjoy one of many fine dining options, including La Dame de Pic, where you can treat yourself to culinary masterpieces by Michelin-starred chef Annie-Sophie Pic and the wood-fire cooking expertise of Hawaiian chef Jordan Keao at the Butcher's Block.

Night Safari

Night Safari

Singapore has a fantastic zoo that is perfect for kids and adults. Its collection of animals and design make it a fascinating day out. Once the sun sets, zoo-goers can get even closer to the animals thanks to the Night Safari. The wildlife park opens in the evening and remains open well into the night. Located next to the zoo, visitors will wander the footpaths while viewing over 120 animal species. The darkness gives a very different feeling to the one offered during daylight hours. It can be spooky and fun all at the same time.

Kampong Gelam

Kampong Gelam

Explore one of Singapore's oldest urban areas, where history meets the modern day. Filled with local food outlets run by the Arab, Malay, and Bugis communities that call the area home and many independent retailers, you can immerse yourself in the vast array of cultural experiences offered here. Filled with stunning architectural sights like Sultan Mosque, a day spent walking around Kampong Gelam will never disappoint.

The Southern Ridges

The Southern Ridges

Step away from the hustle and bustle of central Singapore and enjoy some time in nature at the Southern Ridges. With 10 km of green space, surrounded by some of Singapore's most picturesque parks, the views of the city from here are well worth the trip. Whether you're into hiking, nature watching, or taking photos, you can find your muse in the Southern Ridges.

Sentosa

Sentosa

Favorites among tourists visiting Sentosa include Universal Studio Sentosa, the Mega Adventures amusement park, Siloso Beach, and S.E.A. Aquarium, a large aquarium that houses more than 800 species of marine life. Before leaving, you should try The Royal Albatross - Luxury Tall Ship cruise. The large sailing luxury yacht has different charter packages to suit any occasion.

War history buffs may also want to stop by Fort Siloso, the decommissioned World War II artillery battery that's now a military museum.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Singapore is said to have the best Chinatown in the world. It is the best example of China’s neighborhoods and architecture outside of China itself. Chinatown has a number of small, independently owned restaurants and shops. Travelers can also find ornate temples with colorful ceremonies. Chinatown is incredibly special. Across the area, there are heritage markers explaining the importance of various locales.

Singapore is a beautiful, modern country of skyscrapers and luxury hotels, and it offers unique areas brimming with culture. Singapore is a destination for travelers looking for something unique, and it delivers in spades for world travelers and gearheads alike.


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Chili Crab

Local Favorite: Chili Crab

Singapore's food culture is influenced by the many peoples who have relocated to the country over the years. It is a melting pot of foods with some of the most mouthwatering dishes you will find in Asia. Chili crab is an iconic Singaporean dish and must be eaten on a visit to the city. Two versions of the dish are served around Singapore; you can get crab combined with spicy tomato chili sauce or crab spiced with black pepper sauce. Legend has it that chili crab was invented in 1956 by a couple seeking a way to cook crab in other ways than steaming it

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